Before I forget (and it has been a LONG time since I’ve blogged about my doctors visits), let me update you all on what’s been going on in my Lupie world.
Monday, I went to visit my hematologist. I’ve been seeing him since May of this year because back in March my primary care doctor had some major concerns about my White Blood Cell (WBC) count and how it was in the chronic stage. After my initial consultation, and reviewing all of the bloodwork ordered, they told me I had Leukopenia. My WBC was 1.6 (Normal range is 4.8-10.8) and my Neutrophils was 0.7 (Normal range is 2.496-8.424). After seeing him 4 times since then, and either being off of my meds for an extended period of time, or having the meds reduced, or back to my last known regimen, my numbers have gone back up into the normal range. The conclusion is that my medications are more than likely the cause of my numbers to go low (which is not uncommon). My WBC is now at 4.92 and my Neutrophils is 3.552. Both are back to normal!!! Woooo hooooo!!! So, I won’t be seeing him again anymore unless my rheumatologist feels it is necessary! (Great saves me $45 a visit plus 20% of the cost of all lab work!)
Today, I went to see my rheumatologist. This is not the same one that I spoke about in previous posts. This particular doctor I have been seeing a little over a year and I really like him. He’s very nice and extremely patient when it comes to answering my millions of questions. Well, today, he reviewed the information from the hematologist, checked my right knee (which has been giving me problems for quite some time now), and adjusted my medications (I’ll post that info at the end). He also recommended that I am put on an anti-inflammatory/pre-diabetic diet. I also need to exercise 3 days a week (I need to lose weight!). However, due to my knee issues, I cannot do squats, lunges, walk the treadmill or use an elliptical until I can strengthen my quads. My right knee moves left and right, which he says should not happen and it’s more than likely due to weakened quad muscles. His suggestion: use a stationary bike and a leg press machine. Thankfully, my home gym has both of those. I just need to be sure I schedule that time in my planner and stick to it!!!
I already started looking up different foods/recipes to add to my weekly meal plan. I really have to get serious! I can’t let Lupus keep taking over my life! Anyway, as promised…
My current regimen as of November 21, 2018:
- 200mg of Plaquenil 1x/day
- 4mg of Prednisone 1x/day
- 500mg of Turmeric 2x/day
The turmeric is new to my regimen/diet. After reducing my Prednisone from 5mg to 4mg, he told me to take the Turmeric capsules and to treat it like a medication. I have to take one in the morning and one in the evening. Also, I haven’t taken my Imuran (for the Lupus Nephritis) since September. We are sticking with that plan for now. I will follow-up on December 26th to see how the new regimen (which includes exercise) is working out for me. I also need to be down at least 2 lbs by then. Whew!!
That’s all for now…
Until next time…